What jobs use knives a lot?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by coop1957, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. coop1957


    Oct 22, 2002
    I'm a always curious about how we use our knives at work. What types of jobs require a lot of knife use. Aside from the obvious kinds of jobs like a butcher, what jobs require you to use a pocket knife? I have two jobs that see a good bit of knife use. From 7:30 to 12:30 I work at a local school district in the supply center. I cut open boxes and break down pallets. Lots of cardboard and plastic. Second job is my own business as a lawn maintenance -grass cutter, leaf clean up, snow removal etc.... With this work I cut a lot of different things from plastic strapping to small branches. What works best for me is a Spyderco Salt 1 SE.
    What kind of a job do you have that requires a lot of cutting?
  2. Tbaggin


    Apr 29, 2012
    A stocker or many factory/manufacturer type jobs.. With my experience.
  3. Egnar T Seinnhoj

    Egnar T Seinnhoj

    Jan 13, 2013
    Stocking, Farm Work and Bartending.
  4. KnottyEagle


    Aug 10, 2012
    Almost anything farm work related will require a knife. Construction.
  5. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Any of the trades will require heavy knife use.

  6. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    Im a sushi chef and am holding my knife nearly 8-10 hours a day.
    My salary is decent also.

    other than barbers, you will not use a sharper knife than a sashimi knife.
  7. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    Well it sounds like I need one of these sashimi knives
  8. Tony8179


    Feb 20, 2008
    I'm an electrician. I use my pocket knife all day. Tape, boxes, tie wraps, stripping wire, notching wood, etc...
  9. Bugout Bill

    Bugout Bill

    Jan 2, 2013
    I work part time for a local water department; my knives see almost everyday use.
  10. TEFL0N_D0N_81


    Feb 23, 2011
    I used to work for sears and best buy a while back. Part of a day's work included breaking down boxes and feeding them to the baler. I used a gas station cheapo back then. Wish I knew better.
  11. The_Iron_Joe

    The_Iron_Joe Knifemaker, Jeweller Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 3, 2012
    This. My last two jobs have been in a warehouse, then in a factory... always handy, and often necessary, to have a sharp blade on you.

    For the curious, the warehouse job was fairly typical; lots of cardboard, plastic wrap and strapping to be cut! The factory job requires a knife less often, though.
  12. johnnytoxin

    johnnytoxin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2010
    Same here, only I use dikes for cutting tie wraps and wire strippers for stripping wire. :D
  13. Blade-fiend


    Apr 11, 2013
    I work in a body shop and I use my knives several times a day whether its cutting plastic sheeting to cover cars, open boxes or detail cuts while taping. Ive actually been getting my co-worker and boss both into knives. My co-worker has a spydie dragonfly salt, my boss just got his first knife and its a spydie persistence
  14. Jastab


    Jan 31, 2013
    Not so much in metal fabrication, just the odd stuff here and there.
  15. blame it on god

    blame it on god

    Feb 21, 2013
    I am a machinist, I use a pocket knife nearly every day. Lots of cardboard, plastic packaging, strapping, rope and string.
  16. Dark Hollow

    Dark Hollow

    Jun 9, 2013
    Maybe a carpenter?
  17. lobodelanoche


    Feb 7, 2012
    When I was working in fast food, braking down boxes and cleaning cracks made a knife and a multi-tool invaluable. I now work retail and i use a knife consistently but not everyday, though even though I work at an outdoor retailer, that SELLS KNIVES, I cant use one to break down boxes. I still do because box cutters are pieces of junk but yeah.
  18. Bigfatts


    Mar 12, 2012
    I'm an atm tech and use a knife constantly. Opening bags, cutting money straps, boxes, etc.
  19. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    An Attorney. They use them mainly to poke holes in the DA's case.
    Then proceed to cut them to pieces throughout the trial, focusing on the closing arguments. :)
  20. Alnamvet68


    Mar 26, 2013
    Landscapers, parachute riggers, rescue personnel, surgeons ;), parachutists, boatswain's mates, dock workers ........

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